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Hito Hitori Futari  
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Description
After the body dies, the soul lives on. Many spirits progress toward the world of light, through the levels of the spirit world where they study how to improve their souls. These spirits are sometimes reincarnated into the physical world, and sometimes they are sent back as guardian spirits for other living people. Guardian spirits must protect their charge's souls from the blackness that oozes up from the world of darkness below.

Riyon is a very laid-back spirit, who often skips her spirit classes to fool around. To train her further, she is sent back to the physical world as a guardian spirit. Instead of following a human from birth, she is helping a beleaguered man, the Japanese Prime Minister Kasuga Soichiro, in the last year and a half of his life. After an unexpected close call with death, Kasuga gains some unusual talents, including the ability to see Riyon. Will Riyon and Kasuga together be able to protect his battered soul?

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Manga

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Associated Names
ヒトヒトリフタリ
人一人二人
One Person as Two
Soul Keeper

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Latest Release(s)
v.8 c.74-84 (end) by Illuminati-Manga (1301d ago)
v.7 c.63-73 by Illuminati-Manga (1449d ago)
v.6 c.52-62 by Illuminati-Manga (1493d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
8 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
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Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (189 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.13 / 10.0
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April 19th 2016, 4:55pm PST


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Year
2011

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Serialized In (magazine)
Shuukan Young Jump (Shueisha)

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A mountain of unrealized potential.   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by srebr
March 17th, 2017, 9:51am
The series has a strong premise, expressive art, and plethora of emotional and awe-inspiring moments, but behind exterior hides weak plot, unexplored setting, and a mountain of unrealized potential.

Discounting interpersonal relations, there are only two overarching story lines: fighting evil superpowered freak Kubo and denuclearization (in the order of importance).

I don?t like Kubo, and would have gone without the shounen-esque villain and concentrated more on actual politics. Yet, even if the author wanted to include supernatural antagonist, it could be done better: instead of the nihilistically evil psychic whose behavior stem from family issues, he could been written as anti-villain. In the thirteenth chapter, Kubo stated that psychic powers work under a system of karmic retribution with good deeds resulting in bad things happen. This idea could become a base of antagonist motivation with Kubo believing that heroes using powers for the betterment of Japan will result in large-scale disasters while his evil deeds (including killing child rapists which is a grayer area) compensated by greater good happening in the world. Therefore, in his mind, regardless of how much dog-kickingly evil he acts, he is a good guy while protagonists are irresponsible villains.

The supernatural setting could have been more fleshed out, especially in a plane of characters. The only named supernatural characters are Riyon and Kubo. That?s it. Despite every human supposed to have a guardian spirit, and every guardian spirit is a dead human, Riyon not just never interacts with them, but the story, for the most part, don?t even acknowledge their existence. The only spirit with a presence was a huge samurai following an ex-Prime Minister who was hyped as super strong but was dealt off-screen by Kubo. Another supernatural presence that had some impact was an Entity, the personification (?) of negative emotions appearing in the end of chapter 4, hinted as the one who has killed the previous guardian spirit of Kasuga Soichiro, attacked Riyon, and disappeared, never to be seen again. It?s like the author just didn?t care.

I have expected that this would be serious manga where the Japanese Prime Minister would address various important issues and challenges permeating Japan and was disappointed that in the world of manga, the only issue worth mentioned is radiation. I do understand how much of a trauma Fukushima disaster was, but the fact is that nuclear energy is one of the cheapest and environmentally friendly sources of energy, and phasing it out completely increases pollution and electricity cost. To think that phase out of nuclear energy would somehow make Japan better off or secure prime-minister?s legacy is delusional and myopic. Manga would be better if Kasuga knowing that he won?t live long would try to tackle crucial problems as two ?Lost Decades? of stagnant economic growth and abysmal demographic situation, or controversial topics as denial of Japanese atrocities in China and reformation of corrupt patronage-based political system resulting in Japan being de-facto one party state with Liberal Democrats ruling, with brief interjections, continuously since 1955.

Even if author?s initial goal was to push for denuclearization, the plot could have been done more gracefully. Manga portrayed closing down nuclear power plants as unquestionable good without exploring details as of how much would it cost or what would be alternative energy sources; Japan, by the time of Fukushima disaster, had only 10% of its energy produced from renewable sources, the majority of it hydroelectric. While there is a tremendous potential for wind and geothermal energies, various factors as protectionism, regulation hurdle, conservatism, not-in-my-backyard mentality hurdle green energy development.

I may be too harsh on manga, not mentioning deeper themes of life and death that I have enjoyed, but frankly, I was extremely disappointed with direction where story headed after such strong start, expecting a serious manga that tries to discuss wider problems permeating Japanese society, economy, and politics, but getting only a mix of an anti-nuclear pamphlet and a discount version of Yu Yu Hakusho.
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Very good   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by PZcolo
March 9th, 2016, 5:19am
Liked it and had a good time reading it, the setting is good, the chars are great and the main idea or plot is interesting; still, I found Kubo's power to be excessive, which took that main idea to the realm of the unbelievable.
Also, I get the saving the citizens and Kubo being one but they should just had put Kubo out of his misery, if you are thinking about the citizens, saving one is not worth loosing many and potentially millions. It sounds heroic but to put it simple, Kasuga was gambling with those lives to uphold an ideal, comendable but the price to pay is too steep for a man who says he loves his country.
In any case, something different from the classic shonnen and shoujo manga we are so used to.

... Last updated on March 9th, 2016, 5:21am
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An enjoyable work   
Rating: N/A
by fattypneumonia
August 13th, 2015, 2:51pm
It reads as though it was commissioned as a propaganda piece against the most efficient power source in the world, however. That isn't to say the recent-ish event isn't a complete and irrevocable disaster we'll still be seeing the effects of for hundreds of years. It's just transparent and a little insulting. The ending was very emotionally powerful, and the faces of the main villain hilarious, so I can't rate it any lower than I have.
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Surprisingly good   
Rating: N/A
by Dr. Love
March 12th, 2015, 7:49pm
Tsutomu, as expected, does a good job creating a unique, charming afterlife setting but the manga isn't really about that. It's spiritual but the core of the story is the characters with a message about nuclear power and life.

The two leads, Riyon & the Prime Minister, carry the story. Their bond is one-of-a-kind and throughout the manga they develop a genuine fondness for each other in a father-daughter way. The antagonist isn't striking at first but as you learn about his past you understand where he's coming from. The climax was filled with the right amount of suspense and dread to make you wonder what's going to happen to the characters.
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Great manga, heartwarming ending, i cried   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Onemangalife
May 25th, 2014, 1:32am
This manga is purely a work of fiction, yet by portraying crises such as the 2011 earthquake and the nuclear reactor disaster, it made things really realistic. I was a bit disturbed over how the prime minister was characterised, and at times it seemed like the author was trying to allude to people in real life, if it was his intention, it sure did a good job at reminding us of the difficulties being in the seat of political power.

The plot of afterlife and guardian spirits is very engaging and the author, Takahashi Tsutomu is very good at illustrating and developing it, as shown by his other works. But the true gem of this story is its cast of characters, and its two protags, Riyon and the Prime Minister. The emotion that they show throughout the series is worthy of an Oscar award. The only disappointing part was the antagonist, whom I felt seemed to have too little relevance in a story that was supposedly about him.

Btw, this post might seem to contradict the previous reviews. Why? Simply because Ametroid didn't even finish reading the whole series, period.
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Cliche plot   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by kronpas
May 24th, 2014, 4:25pm
... but considering it only served as an excuse to tell a very humane story, I still gave this manga a 9.

The mangaka sure knows how to tell stories of denizens of the spirit world.
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Very Seinen   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by AMetroid
September 4th, 2012, 10:17pm
The art and pacing are all very Seinen. If you've read a number of non-echii non-battle Seinen and fine it you be your thing, you will definitely like this manga.

The plot follows a spirit inline for reincarnation who gets stuck with guardian spirit duty. She has to look after the Japanese Prime Minister using her abilities as a guardian spirit. The manga throws in some twists and an antagonist to not only the Prime Minister but the guardian spirit as well.

Read: 15 chapters
Rating: 4 of 5
It's a solid Seinen manga, but it's not the type of manga that really grabs you (with either plot or characters). If Seinen manga like Dorohedoro or Freesia]/Jormungand(Minus the violence/action) are up your ally I'd say you should check this manga out.
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